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Sep 06
District 155 Board Approves Sale of Haber Oaks Campus

The Board of Education approved a resolution authorizing the sale of Haber Oaks Campus August 21. The property is located at 400 Haber Road in Cary.  

The main building is approximately 13,000 square feet and sits on nearly three acres of land, which also includes a storage facility. The main building is fully air conditioned and has 35 parking spaces available. The public can access additional information including floor plans, site images, a virtual tour, and more at

D155 will host two open houses for potential buyers and bidders on September 10 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and September 17 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Interested parties can also request a private showing by appointment via email at or call the district office at (815) 893-5472.

District 155 will begin accepting bids on September 5. The board approved a minimum acceptable bid amount of $700,000. The district will publicly open bids on October 4 at 10:00 a.m. at the District Office, 1 S. Virginia Road in Crystal Lake.

Haber Oaks Campus was relocated to Crystal Lake South High School prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Aug 23
South Athletic Director earns CMAA Designation
The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) recently recognized Jason Bott, Crystal Lake South athletic director, as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA). Bott was evaluated based on his educational background, experience, NIAAA Leadership Courses, and professional contributions. The culmination was an online presentation with NIAAA members.

Bott has been the athletic director at Crystal Lake South for nine years.

“I always knew I wanted to be an athletic director. I was fortunate enough to be able to get this position early in my career and I love it. I’ve always wanted to be a coach of coaches,” said Jason Bott.

Bott has been working with student-athlete groups like Student Athlete Leadership Training (S.A.L.T) and Captain’s Council on their leadership skills. Bott initiated a slogan last year for CLS athletes, #TheStandardIsBest, that defines best as student-athletes being the best possible versions of themselves and not with a focus on winning or losing.

“My favorite part is seeing growth of students when they come in as freshmen, and then awarding them at our end of the year banquet when they leave as seniors. Our coaches do a tremendous job of building the life skills associated with being involved in athletics so our kids can be successful not only on the playing field, but in the classroom and community as well,” said Bott.

The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators.​

Aug 23
District 155 Class of 2018

Ninety percent of graduates in the class of 2018 will continue their studies at four-year colleges, two-year community colleges, and vocational and technical schools. Over 60 percent of students are pursuing degrees at four-year colleges and universities. The class of 2018 will continue its studies at post-secondary institutions in 42 of the 50 states. Two students plan to continue their education internationally in Scotland and Germany.

McHenry County College, Illinois State University, and the University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign are the top three schools the class of 2018 will attend this fall. Students are most interested in studying health/non-medical science, business and engineering. Forty-one students plan to serve in the armed forces.

Ninety percent of students say their experiences in school allowed them to learn more about themselves and their personal aspirations.

“We are focused on the student experience and by offering our students a chance to explore a variety of classes and extracurriculars, our students are finding their passions. They are prepared to succeed beyond high school, and we are so proud of them,” said Steve Olson, superintendent.

Eighty-nine percent of the class of 2018 participated in at least one extracurricular activity.

  • 34% - Arts

  • 43% - Academic

  • 64% - Athletics

Sixty-six percent participated in volunteer/community service project not sponsored at school. There were 1,529 graduates in the class of 2018.

Community High School District 155 has conducted a uniform, district-wide senior survey for the last 11 years.


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Aug 23
D155 Strategic Plan
District 155 initiated its strategic planning process with the support of its Board of Education on August 23. D155 recognizes the benefit of seeking insights from a variety of stakeholders, and views the strategic planning process as an opportunity for stakeholders in the 10 communities the district serves to voice their opinions and provide the district with constructive feedback.

The strategic planning process or “Pathway to Success” will allow the district to discover its current state and provide direction for the future. The strategic plan will be a shared vision for all district stakeholders and will provide the blueprint for the district’s mission, vision, and values. This process will help the district develop the corresponding action plan to establish the necessary goals to achieve this mission.

The Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) will facilitate the strategic planning process. CEC provides schools, unions, and districts with a systemic, collaborative approach by identifying their unique challenges and assists in building a district’s internal capacity for continual improvement. They have worked with more than 80 districts in Illinois including Crystal Lake Elementary District 47.

A diverse group comprised of 50 students, staff, parents, community members, and district leaders will serve on the strategic planning team. They will meet five times to discuss survey results, data, and their visionary aspirations. A list of names of those who have agreed to be part of the team are published on the district’s website.

The most valuable piece of this process will be feedback from stakeholders. More than 5,000 students, staff, parents, and community members responded to the first survey. Those results will guide the strategic planning team throughout the process. Survey results are posted on here.

The district will host four community engagement sessions on October 4, October 9, October 17, and October 18. These sessions will be open to the public and there will be guided activities to assess progress and comment on the direction the team is headed. The district will begin promoting these community engagement sessions once details are finalized.

Information from each team meeting will be shared on the strategic planning webpage, Together we will shape the future of education in our community.

Jul 09
Summer Newsletters (2018-19)

​Learn more about distribution days, student orientation, school procedures, athletics, and activities in the 2018 Summer Newsletter.

Click the link below:

Cary-Grove High School

Crystal Lake Central High School​​​

Prairie Ridge High School
Jun 30
Athletic Fees for the 2018-19 School Year
Student athletic participation fees for 2018-2019 are $75 per sport, with a student maximum of $150 per student, and a family maximum of $300 per household. 

Athletic fees will be due after rosters have been finalized. The athletic fee will be posted in Skyward Family Access. Athletic fee payments can be completed through Skyward Family Access. After logging in, go to “Fee Management” to pay the fees associated with your student. Discover, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted for online payment. Athletic fees can be paid in person at school in the front office. Checks are payable to Community High School District 155. The $75 athletic participation fee will be waived for students who qualify and apply for fee waivers. 

District 155 has a no refund policy after the first IHSA event/contest. Athletes who quit their sport prior to the first IHSA event/contest will be eligible for a full refund, but must meet the following conditions: 
               • Notify the coach and athletic office (Athlete should notify coach and athletic office via email) 
               • Must be cleared of all uniform/equipment rentals by coach
Jun 28
2018 Summer Construction

Twenty-two major projects across District 155’s four high schools are in progress for the summer of 2018, and nine have been completed as of July 17. The board approved $13,973,365 in capital improvement projects that are necessary for maintenance and to upkeep our schools (this includes the cost to relocate Haber Oaks).  

You can check this page for updates on all the projects.

56+ hours of D155 Construction videos were watched this summer. Here's the final video of all the work done. ​​



During the week of July 23, crews painted the newly renovated tennis courts. This specific summer project is nearly complete. ​


During the week of July 23, crews worked on the concrete sidewalk entrance, parking lot and front entrance at Haber Oaks.


Several projects at Cary-Grove are being completed this summer. From windows to water lines, the building will be ready to welcome students back next month.



During the week of July 16, crews worked on the the new state-of-the-art incubator classroom at Crystal Lake Central. 


During the week of July 9, small but significant projects were completed at Cary-Grove and Crystal Lake South High Schools.


During the week of July 9, the track at Prairie Ridge High School was resurfaced. 


During the week of July 2, crews continued to work on the new space for Haber Oaks.


During the week of July 2, crews began repainting the gym at Crystal Lake Central as well as replace door frames throughout the school.​​​


During the week of June 25, crews installed two new water vessels inside the boiler room at Cary-Grove High School.


During the week of June 25, crews began ripping up the old tennis courts at Prairie Ridge High School. A new tennis shed will also be built next to the new courts.​


During the week of June 18, crews worked on Entrance 8 at Crystal Lake Central. There will be new steps, light fixtrures and doors once the project is complete.


During the week of June 18, construction crews began replacing the roof at Crystal Lake South High School. Get a 360 degree view of the project by watching the video below.


During the week of June 11, construction crews began installing new windows at Cary-Grove High School. The thermodynamic​ windows will help D155 save money on energy bills.​


During the weeks of May 28 & June 4, constructions crews started the parking lot project at Prairie Ridge High School. 


During the week of June 4, crews ripped up the track at Crystal Lake Central until only gravel remained. They are now in the process of paving it so runners can use it in the fall. ​


During the week of May 28, crews tore down walls and lockers at Crystal Lake South to make space for the new Haber Oaks Campus. ​​


The summer construction projects include:


  • Asbestos Abatement for Floor Mastic and Pipe Insulation - Completed June 20

  • Door Replacement - Substantially completed June 28

  • HLS Water Line Replacement - Substantially completed July 10

  • Tennis Court Replacement - In progress

  • Track Resurfacing - In progress

  • Air Conditioning – Cafeteria/Kitchen - In progress

  • Parking Lot Replacement - Substantially completed June 26

  • Gym Repainting - Substantially completed June 1

  • Entrance 8 Stair Replacement - Substantially completed July 3


  • Asbestos Abatement for Pipe Insulation - Completed June 29

  • HLS Water Line Replacement - Substantially completed July 9

  • Window Replacements - Substantially completed July 13

  • Stone Repair Project - Substantially completed June 7


  • Roof Replacement - In progress

  • Clock Intercom System Replacement - In progress

  • Softball Backstop Replacement - In progress

  • 1st Floor Renovations to accommodate the relocation of Haber Oaks - In progress


  • Tennis Court Replacement - In progress

  • Track Resurfacing - In progress

  • Storage Shed Construction - In progress

  • Clock Intercom System Replacement - In progress

  • Parking Lot Replacement - Two of the three substantially completed June 29

“Throughout the summer construction season, we have worked collaboratively with the City of Crystal Lake and the Village of Cary to improve our facilities. We appreciate their collaboration on these projects, and we are excited for our students and staff to see the renovations when they return in August,” said Jeremy Davis, assistant superintendent of finance and operations.

Additionally, the district continues to publish summer construction video updates on its website and social media channels to inform taxpayers and the community. The District 155 video updates have been viewed over 10,000 times and have been watched a total of 42 hours.

Follow @CHSD155 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for short video updates throughout the summer or go on the district’s website, Construction improvements are being completed on time, on budget, and on scope. Every project is going to be substantially completed before the students arrive in the fall.

Jun 01
Free Summer Meals
The Summer Food Service Program is now available to provide children with nutritious meals throughout the summer. The program provides boxed lunches and milk to children who live in Crystal Lake and are 18 years old or younger.

Meals are available now through August 18, Monday through Friday at Ladd Park, 500 Coventry Lane in Crystal Lake from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Northern Illinois Food Bank with the support of volunteers and the Crystal Lake Park District sponsor the program.


El Programa de Servicio de Alimentos de Verano ahora está disponible para proporcionar a los niños comidas nutritivas durante todo el verano. El programa ofrece almuerzos en caja y leche a los niños que viven en Crystal Lake y tienen 18 años o menos.

Las comidas están disponibles ahora hasta el 18 de agosto, de lunes a viernes en Ladd Park, 500 Coventry Lane en Crystal Lake, de 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

El Northern Illinois Food Bank con el apoyo de voluntarios y el Crystal Lake Park District patrocinan el programa.

May 24
D155 High Schools Earn Nominations for Theatre Productions

Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake South and Prairie Ridge high schools earned a combined five nominations from Broadway in Chicago’s Illinois High School Music Theater Awards.

“It is an honor to be highly regarded in the arts community in Illinois and to be recognized for our continuing contribution to high school theatre excellence in our state,” said Rob Boncosky, Cary-Grove director.

Cary-Grove earned three nominations for Best Production, Best Actor, Justin O’Brien, and Best Actress, Alyssa DiRaimondo, for their production of Seussical. Crystal Lake South’s production of Peter Pan earned the nomination for Best Scenic Design. Prairie Ridge was also nominated for Best Scenic Design for their production of In the Heights.

It is significant that three of our four high schools' musicals were nominated in at least one category of IHSMTA when one considers the scope of this competition. I would seriously doubt that many districts, if any, could make that claim,” said Ben Stoner, Crystal Lake South theatre director.

Dozens of students, cast members and parent volunteers sacrificed their time to make these shows possible.

“I love that when parents and students sit out in the audience and watch our shows they feel a connection beyond just their relationship with the performers, or even the plot of the show,” said David Jensen, Prairie Ridge choir teacher.

This year, 80 high school musicals throughout the state of Illinois participated in IHSMTA. The awards are on Monday, June 4, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

“If I were to win the title of best actor, that would mean I did my job portraying my role and I would get to share it with our amazing cast,” said Justin O’Brien, a recent Cary-Grove graduate.

Crystal Lake South and Prairie Ridge are first-time nominees. In 2016 Cary-Grove won best production for Cinderella and in 2017 the production of Evita earned best scenic design.


May 17
Campus Connections Team Wins D155’s Pitch Night

Four Prairie Ridge seniors earned the coveted top spot at the second annual Business Incubator Pitch Night for their app idea Campus Connections. Katie Anderson, Haley Barnes, Robert Barnhart and Cameron Karney are now working with an app developer in Turkey in hopes of advancing their project.

“In the beginning, we had an idea over the summer to create a pick-up basketball app. But there was really nothing out there for us, so we decided to take the pick-up basketball app and turn it into a college more or less bulletin board app,” said Robert Barnhart, Prairie Ridge senior.

These student entrepreneurs worked for two semesters learning about different business topics. The program offers students an authentic entrepreneurship experience and they work with volunteer mentors, coaches, and a classroom teacher throughout the year to create and develop their own product or service and present their ideas to a panel of judges, similar to Shark Tank.

The team said the idea of Campus Connections is to give college students the opportunity to post activities and other events happening around campus and have other students opt-in or join those activities and events.

The team relied on their mentor Giacomo Listi and Prairie Campus Connections.jpgRidge teacher Ryan O’Neill for business development advice.

“Because this project was so big and the project took up the entire year, our teacher, Mr. O’Neill, really taught us how to break down and plan little details so you’re not overwhelmed all at once,” said Katie Anderson, Prairie Ridge senior.

The students also said the class taught them about working as a team.

“There is a lot of compromise. We definitely have a lot of respect for each other and our ideas,” said Robert Barnhart, Prairie Ridge senior.

Katie Anderson will attend Central Michigan University to study international business with a minor in Spanish. Haley Barnes will study finance at University Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Robert Barnhart plans to attend McHenry County College and then plans to transfer to Northern Illinois University to study business administration. Cameron Karney will attend Western Illinois University to play golf and study accounting.

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